Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bridal Wear Shops

A while ago this blog was visited by a commenter who ran a bridal wear shop. In her shop customers were asked to remove their shoes and staff were required to be in slippers or stocking feet. This was to protect the dresses from dirt on the floor. This is a very common policy among bridal wear shops in the UK and in North America too.

If you have shopped for wedding dresses, was this your experience? And if you have not, do you think it would bother you to have to remove your shoes in the showrooms when looking for dresses for your big day?


Anne said...

I, together with a friend, own a bridal shop and we wear slippers in work.

As you say it is to protect the dresses and also we only recently opened and have a pale carpet.

We wear slippers rather than being shoeless to avoid stepping on pins or anything!!

Although, we have a notice asking customers to wipe their feet we don't ask them to remove their shoes, although a couple have chosen to without being asked.

Can you give an idea of where the earlier comment was or re-print it please?


Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for visiting, Anne.

Unfortunately not. It was probably at least two years ago.

I have searched this subject on the internet and found a lot of bridal shops have a no-shoes rule. This is noted on shop websites and also in reviews of bridal wear shops.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of the sites where this policy is posted? Also does anyone have youtube or other links where the staff and customers can be viewed working in their stockinged feet

Matthew Celestis said...

Anonymous, have you heard of this really useful website called Google.

Sorry. I'll give you an example of one here:

Victoria's Bridal Shoppe in New York.

The website states:

"We do ask all our guests to remove their shoes. If this makes anyone uncomfortable please suggest to your guests that they may want to bring socks or slippers to wear while you are trying on gowns. Our new brides try on their actual gowns in this area and we need to keep it clean."

AC said...

I have never been in a bridal store but I used to have a shoes off policy at home. It was actually a bit inconvenient so I bought some cowhide rugs (and one large African zebra skin rug too) and placed them on the floors that get the most traffic. Guests are no longer requested to remove their shoes as the cow skins can handle the bottom of high heels and dirty sneakers for years and still look new, protecting the hardwood floors from damage and keeping the carpet clean. If the cowhides or the zebra skin get dirty spots from the bottom of shoes, a little wipe with a tissue soaked with rubbing alcohol or acetone and the little area is clean enough to eat off!

Some folks may experience the opposite problem with animal skins. Guests may walk around the rugs, defeating their purpose. Others may want to remove their shoes; bare feet will actually make these rugs dirty in a very gross way (and extremely difficult to clean), causing them to attract particles in the air from coughs, pollen, cigarettes, cannabis, cooking, diesel engines, etc.